hello. does anyone know anything about the actual pilot traing? i know a bit about cranwell but nothing about the pilot training ie how long it takes and generally whats included?
- CV Helper
At the end, you're "streamed" into either multi engine, rotary or fast jet; although this is likely to change soon with the recent defence white paper so that you cannot go ab-initio multi engine.
Rotary pilots go to RAF Shawbury to fly with the Defence Helicopter Flying School. You do a course on the single-engine Squirrel on a squadron ruin by the Army, move to 705NAS with the Navy to do advanced single engine stuff, then 60 Sqn RAF to do advanced twin engined work on the Griffin. You'll spend 2 weeks at SARTU at RAF Valley learning search and rescue techniques.
The whole lot takes up to 14 months. You get your wings then you go to an Operational Conversion Unit which takes 6 months or so to teach you how to fly your final helicopter type. Then you go to your first squadron.
Fast Jet trainees go to RAF Linton on Ouse to do a 135 hour course on the Tucano which takes between 10-12 months. It handles similar things to EFT initially before getting faster and harder, teaching you more advanced instrument flying, formation, advanced formation, low level navigation, target runs, and a pile of other things. You get your wings at the end of it. Then you go to RAF Valley to do a 60 hour conversion onto the Hawk with 208(R) Sqn before moving to 19(F) Sqn across the other side of the airfield to do weaponeering and tactics. That takes another 40 hours before you go to your OCU.
Multis guys do ME Lead In on the Firefly at Cranwell, before moving onto the Beechcraft King Air to do a course on that pre-OCU. I don't remember how long it is.
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